We started this GoFundMe account to try and help them as best we can with getting their lives back to "normal" as the storm took away their business and life they had built on the island. They have moved back to Jacksonville, FL and are trying to build their lives up from scratch. Please watch the video and messge below written by the Ramsey family. It will give you a glimpse of what they have experienced the last few weeks.
Hurricane Irma ripped through our slice of heaven on 9/6/2017. Those days before, during, and after are days I'll never ever forget. I did everything I could to keep it as normal as possible for the girls. They've been asked to leave the room so we can talk more times than I can count at this point. I've watched them wave to their friends in cars as we drove through town. I've seen goodbye hugs and tears in their eyes. I showed them their school so they could understand in some capacity the WHY we are making choices. My soul aches for our island. The community we love, our business, the island family I adore, our island has been ripped apart, the girls school is forever changed. It's hard to put into words what life has been like or what we've seen. The immediate days after Irma were unreal. There is just a feeling of emptiness. My brain hurts from thinking and planning and trying to help our friends and take care of our family. I've watched my husband run all over the island in search of those in need. I've kissed him goodbye in the early morning hours because he needed to go find our island family. He's spent countless hours on the ferry dock in Cruz Bay the only place with a cell signal trying to arrange our extraction. He never gave up. He never complained he just worked. The day after the storm we planned to meet our employees and friends at woodys to check in. We opened the doors of the bar and welcomed everyone in for a cold-ish beer and shot. We gave away the food we had to those in need.
I didn't take many pictures but what I did I hope you can understand what life has been like this past week or so. Life is forever changed. I can't see the rainbow behind the clouds just yet. People have asked me how it felt to leave. I can't say I have felt leaving yet.
I didn't look back as we pulled out of St John. I didn't want my last memory to be the one we've just lived through. I want to remember the beautiful blue water, the green landscape and stunning rainbows. I want to hold the memories of our family, the girls running down the beach, hikes through the national park, boat days, parties at our house, good times with friends, our Woody's staff, and the customers who've become family.
Our island needs help, our business needs help, our family needs help. Please pray for St John and our family as we get through the next chapter. We will get through it all but it will just take a moment to recoup and rebuild the life we've known.
The Ramsey Family
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